Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards


The potential redesign of both the State Department and USAID – and their relationship to each other in managing U.S. foreign assistance – is the topic of much discussion and ideas.  How our foreign assistance is delivered, by whom, and with what objective is all part of debate.  Some of the ideas are big, such … Continue reading Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards

Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency


The Trump Administration’s call for a reorganization of the federal government has many fearful that this exercise will follow in the footsteps of the steep proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2018. Yet MFAN has seen this as an opportunity to provide ideas for principled and rational reform of our aid architecture.  A number of … Continue reading Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency

Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction On July 10th, the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) published a proposal for structural aid reforms, A Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose. These thoughtful and ambitious recommendations show a concrete path … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development

MFAN Community Congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on Confirmation as USAID Administrator


Last week, the Senate unanimously approved Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next USAID Administrator.  MFAN released a statement congratulating Amb. Green on his confirmation and urging him to prioritize aid effectiveness and to engage with Congress and the development community on the ongoing redesign effort. MFAN and our partners look forward to working with Ambassador … Continue reading MFAN Community Congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on Confirmation as USAID Administrator

Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The executive order on government reorganization issued by President Donald Trump in March has created an ever-growing marketplace of ideas on how to structure the U.S. development enterprise to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency. The U.S. … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy

Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The recent discussion draft “A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose” by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette provides a comprehensive and thought provoking blueprint for elevating development as … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid

Mark Green’s Nomination Receives Bipartisan Welcome During Confirmation Hearing


The Trump Administration’s nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next USAID Administrator has received strong bipartisan support from Congress. Invited representatives from Amb. Green’s home state of Wisconsin, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, lauded Green for his depth of experience, knowledge, and qualifications during his nomination hearing last Thursday. Many … Continue reading Mark Green’s Nomination Receives Bipartisan Welcome During Confirmation Hearing

MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget


On May 23rd, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. The request reduces funding for the State Department and USAID by 31 percent. The administration claims the cuts will make these agencies “leaner, more efficient, and more effective.” However, a recent statement by the MFAN co-chairs warns that such deep cuts … Continue reading MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget

MFAN Community Applauds Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be USAID Administrator


This week, President Trump nominated Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next USAID Administrator. MFAN released a statement welcoming the pick, as Amb. Green has extensive experience as both a former member of Congress and Ambassador to Tanzania.  Green currently serves as the President of the International Republican Institute which works to advance democracy … Continue reading MFAN Community Applauds Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be USAID Administrator

Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World


Since the end of World War II, U.S. foreign policy has relied on the three distinct policy tools: defense, diplomacy and development. These three Ds have worked together to develop mutually reinforcing strategies that have enjoyed strong bipartisan support for over 70 years. Continued U.S. leadership across the globe is not only a moral imperative … Continue reading Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World